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What I made for Christmas


This is made with needle felting technique. You stick needles into combed wool to mold and shape it. Like drawing in 3D as my son said.


Thank you!

Foto-0116Thank you Kleine kleinigkeiten   for being my one hundreth follower! Wow! I’m honored and very touched. I’ve had blogs before, but never this much interest:P so I guess I’ll just stay right here and enjoy the sunshine, the kindness and the cheering from other artists. Thank you all!

Award and some advertisments

Kelly S was kind enough to  nominate me for a Liebster Blogging award. Actually it was quite a while ago, but I never seem to get back to passing it on – guess I’ll just call it defeat.

Instead I’d like to take the opportunity to name a few sites I’ve found useful during the years. Note- I don’t make any profit out of this, just a happy customer.

First of all The bra makers supply. They have patterns, materials, classes …  literally everything you need for making your own bras and swimwear. I’ve bought from them on several occasions and have never been anything but happy. a site with lots of patterns at reasonable prices for downloading or mail. They sell several reprints of vintage patterns stamped with the year and everything.

And if you’re in Stockholm (Sweden), don’t miss Rydströms sybehör a lovely, very small shop, completely packed with anything you might need for sewing and at very good prices.


In  nutshell, the Liebster blogging award is given by bloggers to other bloggers, with under 200 followers, to help promote new bloggers, and spread appreciation and recognition in the blogging world.



ImageThe blouse to match my shorts is nearly finished, and it’ll be a great outfit for dancing Lindy Hop I think. In my head is already  stirring ideas for my next projects. There’s the Charleston dress, and also some pants from purple velvet and a dress from the beautiful floral print my sister brought back from ZanzibarImage

Tracing darts and markings

Let’s face it, I’m lazy, and when it came to markings on the patterns I would think I’d remember where they sat or just put at needle as a guide. Well. Years of experience have taught me that the more careful I am with copying the pattern and paying attention to details, the better the result (duh!) So how to trace the markings on to the fabric? Part of my reluctance to do it had to do with a lack of method.

This is how I do it these days: First I tape the markings on both sides of the paper to protect it. Then I put marking paper underneath and on top of the fabric,  (I usually do it on double/folded fabric in order to only have to do it once and to get them the same).Image

The paper pattern on top, I trace the lines with a dull pen, usually a bic pen with the tip tucked in, Imageand the tracings come neatly onto the fabric. easy to follow when I sew.Image










On vintage patterns there are quite often holes instead of lines. With those I mark dots, using the same technique in order not to ruin the paper. Sometimes I tape as well so I won’t accidentally rip the paper.Image

The tailor’s privilege

As I’m swearing over the Bardot dress I’m working on, and thinking about my next project, I’m pondering something that have puzzled me for a long time; why are there so few patterns for men’s clothing?

Whereas there is an abundance of patterns for all kinds of women’s clothes, what you find if you look in the men’s department are shorts, pajameses and nightgowns.

My own answer for this is that professional manufacturing of men’s clothes were traditionally made by (male) tailors whreas women’s clothes were made by (female) seamstresses. (Because of the intimacy in measuring and fitting?) Male expertise is often valued more than the female counterpart, and perhaps the male tailors kept the patterns to themselves, thereby forcing men to buy their clothes from them, skraddareSSMF061039S

Or maybe it’s because women “can’t” be seen in the same dress too often whereas men can do with one good suit and so it’s more worthwhile sewing the female wardrobe than the male? Or is there just a bigger market for women’s clothes?

Does anybody know?

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The super sweet blogger award


I got nominated for the super sweet blogger award! Thank you so much Tailorfairy, I am really honored!


THE RULES: Copy & Paste This Whole Post and Replace All Your Information — who awarded you, for example.

1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.

2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.

3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post.

4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other deserving bloggers.

5. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.



1 – Cookies or Cake? ~ mmm…chocolate?

2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? ~ chocolate

3 – Favourite Sweet Treat? ~ chocolate

4 – When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most? ~ after dinner

5 – Sweet Nick Name? ~  my mom used to call me jennypenny




My new project is to make a dress out of this.Image


I’ll use the Burda 2965Image that I used for my grey dress, but will make the bottom into a pleated skirt. I think it will be awesome and have some vintage feeling to it.

Also, Paddy K has a waistcoat of the same fabric that I made some time ago, maybe some time I’ll talk him into wearing it for Lindy hop.

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